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Audit Report: IG-0805

November 20, 2008 

Cyber Security Risk Management Practice at the Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western AreaPower Administrations

The Southeastern, Southwestern, and Western Area Power Administrations provide electrical power to customers in 29 states. To support this critical function, the Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) utilize infornlation systems to conduct various activities, including financial management, marketing, and transferring wholesale electrical power across the Nation's electrical grids. In particular, Southwestern and Western operate supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems - systems critical to controlling the flow of electricity to the power grid. The power grids are part of the U.S. critical infrastructure. Interruptions in these control systems for an extended period could adversely impact the PMAs' customers.

Topic: National Security and Safety